Minnesota (16-12) at Oakland (14-15)

Cloudy Currently: Oakland, CA
Temp: 66° F
  • Game info: 4:05 pm EDT Sat May 8, 2004
  • TV: VICT, FSBA
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Tim Hudson looks to bounce back from his worst outing of the season when the Oakland Athletics continue a three-game series with the Minnesota Twins at Network Associates Coliseum.

Hudson was pounded for a season-high eight runs—six earned—and nine hits over seven innings in last Sunday’s 8-2 loss at Tampa Bay. The right-hander struck out three and walked one in his first loss of the season, ending a five-start unbeaten streak.

The next day, Hudson’s wife Kim delivered their second child, a baby daughter named Tess.

Hudson was excused for Oakland’s game with the New York Yankees on Tuesday night, but has since returned to the team and will take the his normal turn Saturday afternoon.

“She was killing me,” Hudson joked of his wife’s grip on his right hand during the delivery. “Once things calmed down a little, I said, ‘Honey, you know that’s my pitching hand, right?”’

The Athletics are counting on Hudson to pitch deep into this game so they can rest their bullpen.

Eric Byrnes hit a two-run homer in the 13th inning to give Oakland an 11-9 win over Minnesota on Friday. The A’s used six pitchers in a game that lasted 4 hours, 53 minutes.

The win snapped Oakland’s eight-game losing streak to the Twins and gave the A’s their first win in extra innings this year.

Minnesota used seven pitchers, including closer Joe Nathan, who blew his first save of the season. The Twins issued 11 walks and gave up three home runs.

Cristian Guzman had a career-high five hits to lead Minnesota’s offense. Guzman’s big night at the plate raised his batting average 30 points to .317. Third baseman Corey Koskie went 3-for-6 and scored two runs.

Minnesota has lost two straight, and five of their last six, to fall a game behind the Chicago White Sox in the AL Central.

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2-5 Record 12-6
6.18 ERA 3.53
36 K 103
15 BB 44
1.63 WHIP 1.26